Meet the Board

Nicholas Kearns (Deputy Chairman)

Nicholas Kearns served as a judge of the Supreme Court from 2004 – 2009 and was President of the High Court from 2009 to 2015 and a Judge of the High Court from 1998 to 2015. He retired as President of the High Court in December 2015. He was elected Deputy Chairman of the National Maternity Hospital in November 2015.

William Johnston (Honorary Secretary)

William Johnston is an economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a solicitor, the external examiner in Banking Law for the Law Society, a member of the Banking Law Senior Advisory Board of the International Bar Association, and a Director of the Housing Finance Agency and the Port of Waterford.

Michele Connolly (Honorary Treasurer)

Michele Connolly is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years commercial experience. She is currently a partner in professional practice. She specialises in supporting State, Semi State, not for profit and commercial companies in fund raising, development of new infrastructure and general financial matters.

Prof. Shane Higgins

Shane Higgins, is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and the current Master of The National Maternity Hospital. He is an Associate Professor at UCD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and has a special interest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Shane has a broad range of clinical and management experience gained within Ireland, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia.

David Barniville

David is the Judge in charge of the Commercial Division of the High Court and is also the designated arbitration judge. He previously practised as a Senior Counsel at the Irish Bar. David was previously chairman of the Council of the Bar of Ireland and of Irish Rule of Law International and was a member of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority and of the Legal Aid Board.

Dr. Ingrid Browne

A graduate of RCSI medical school, Ingrid Browne has been a Consultant Anaesthesiologist for the past 16 years to National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital. She is a fellow of the College of Anaesthesiologists and holds a Masters in medical science. She completed post graduate fellowship training in obstetric anaesthesia at Columbia University NYC.

Mairéad Butler

Mairéad Butler is a Chartered Accountant and has spent most of her career in financial services in Dublin and Sydney, working in risk, compliance and communications roles. She is also a Director of An Cosán, a charity focused on education as a pathway out of poverty.

Fr. Enda Cunningham

Son of a NMH nurse, Fr Enda serves as Administrator of Westland Row parish and chaplain to the National Maternity Hospital.

Aidan Devlin

Aidan is a Chartered Accountant and a UCC Commerce graduate. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and the Mediators Institute of Ireland. Aidan has over 35 years’ experience in Corporate Banking and Project Finance both in Ireland and the Middle East and is a Senior Manager with National Asset Management Agency. Aidan was a founding board member of the NMH Foundation.

Frank Downey

Frank Downey has over 30 years’ experience as an Actuarial and Employee Benefits Consultant. Frank is an economics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, a Director of Invesco Limited and an actuary and advisor for corporate clients. Frank also acts as a trustee for a number of large pension schemes.

Cllr. James Geoghegan

James Geoghegan is an elected member of Dublin City Council, practising Barrister at Law in Ireland with a mixed civil practice with a focus on Banking Law, Administrative Law, European Union Law and civil proceedings related to crime.

Gráinne Hennessy

Gráinne Hennessy is a senior partner at Arthur Cox with over 28 years’ experience in advising lenders and borrowers on syndicate finance, real estate finance, including some of the largest construction finance projects in the country, leveraged acquisition finance and debt restructurings. Gráinne was Head of the Arthur Cox Finance Department and a member of its management committee for 6 years. Gráinne is also one of two partners who are responsible for Arthur Cox’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Prof. Declan Keane

Declan Keane has been a Consultant Obstetrician since 1995 and is a former Master of the Hospital. He has worked in the UK and the USA and was recently appointed as a Professor to the RCSI. He has considerable administrative experience and was a former member of the National Women’s Council and was the obstetrician advising the Citizen’s Assembly on the 8th Amendment.

Prof. Fionnuala McAuliffe

Fionnuala McAuliffe is Chair and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, UCD, Director UCD Perinatal Research Centre, Head, Women’s and Children’s Health, UCD, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at The National Maternity Hospital. Her subspecialty area is maternal and fetal medicine and she is Programme Director of the RCOG maternal and fetal medicine subspecialisation fellowship at NMH. She has received significant grant funding both nationally and internationally. Fionnuala has developed guidelines for pregnancy both in Ireland, UK and internationally.

Jane McCluskey

Jane McCluskey is a lawyer with a large multinational technology company and has over ten years’ experience practising corporate, commercial and intellectual property law. She is also a registered trade mark agent. Jane is Mum to three children, all of whom were born at the National Maternity Hospital.

Dr. Roger McMorrow

Roger McMorrow is a graduate of The Queens University of Belfast and he has been a consultant anaesthetist at the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s University Hospital since 2009. He has served as Clinical Director of the NMH since January 2018. He has a specialist interest in high risk obstetrics, clinical risk and high altitude mountaineering. In 2007 he was part of an expedition that reached the summit of Mt Everest.

Prof. Peter McParland

Peter McParland is a Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in the National Maternity Hospital with a special interest in Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Christine Moran

Christine is a commerce graduate of UCD, a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Director and a Certified Investment Fund Director. She previously held senior leadership roles in the corporate and institutional markets and has extensive experience in the areas of governance, finance and risk management. She is a non-executive director of several commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Dr. John Murphy

John Murphy is a Consultant Paediatrician in the National Maternity Hospital and Paediatric & Neonatal Clinical Lead with the HSE in Clinical Strategy & Programmes Directorate. His is also editor of the Irish Medical Journal.

Prof. Colm O’Herlihy

Colm O’Herlihy is a medical graduate of University College Dublin and an Obstetrician Gynaecologist. He served as Assistant Master in the National Maternity Hospital and subsequently as Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in UCD and the NMH for over 30 years. He has been a member of the Irish Medical Council and is currently a member of the Board of the Nurses & Midwives Board of Ireland.

Cllr. Naoise O’Muirí

Naoise Ó Muirí has served as a Dublin City Councillor since June 2004 and is a former Lord Mayor of Dublin. Naoise studied Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway and runs a technology company.

Patricia O’Shea

Patricia O’Shea is a law graduate of University College Cork and is Group Head of Legal Affairs & Secretariat for a semi-state company. She was formerly General Counsel of a US multinational company serving as Company Secretary and a Director of a group company.

Dr. Michael Robson

Michael Robson is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and former Master of the NMH. Dr Robson is the National Clinical Director of the Maternal and New-born Clinical Management System (Maternity, neonatal and gynaecology electronic patient record for Ireland). He also developed the methodology behind the perinatal and caesarean classification system used world wide known as the Ten group (Robson) Classification System.

Stephen Vernon

Stephen Vernon is one of the founders of Green Property Group and has extensive experience in property and property development in Ireland and the UK. A Bristolian, educated in London, Mr Vernon has been based in Ireland for several years.